“Twitter founder Jack Dorsey is responsible for EndSARS bloodshed” FG says
The Federal Government says that Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey, were to blame for the bloodshed which took the lives of young people from various families across the nation during the EndSARS protest.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, The Minister of Information and Culture, stated this on Tuesday during the “Politics Nationwide,’’ feature program on a Radio Nigeria call-in programme monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Mohammed said that Dorsey allegedly raised funds through Bitcoins to sponsor the EndSARS protest while using his Twitter platform to fuel the crisis.
He stated that when he had made the allegations earlier, Nigerians didn’t take him serious until an online media outfit carried out an investigation and fact-checking.
The minister stated that the online publication confirmed that Dorsey retweeted some of the posts by some of the coalitions supporting the EndSARS protest.
He confirmed that the Twitter founder allegedly launched fundraising platforms asking people to donate via Bitcoins.
The minister said Dorsey went on to launch Emojis to make the EndSARS protest visible on the microblogging site.
He stated Dorsey also retweeted the tweets of some foreign and local supporters of EndSARS.
“If you ask people to donate money via bitcoins for EndSARS protesters then you are vicariously liable for whatever is the outcome of the protest.
“We have forgotten that EndSARS led to the loss of lives, including 37 policemen, six soldiers, 57 civilians while property worth billions of naira were destroyed.
“164 police vehicles and 134 police stations were razed to the ground, 265 private corporate organisation were looted while 243 public property were looted.
“81 warehouses were looted while over 200 brand new buses bought by Lagos State Government were burnt to ashes,’’ he said.
The minister stated that it wasn’t fair to make conclusions that the reason behind Twitter’s suspension was because it deleted the President’s message.
He said the government was clear that the action was taken because the platform was promoting the views and opinions of those destabilising the nation.
Mohammed further stated that the Twitter platform promoted agendas that were against the cooperative existence of the country.
“Twitter has become a platform of choice for a particular separatist promoter.
“The promoter consistently used the platform to direct his loyalists to kill Nigerian soldiers and policemen, run-down INEC offices and destroy all symbols of Nigeria’s sovereignty.
“Every attempt to persuade Twitter to deny its platform to this separatist leader was not taken serious,’’ he said.
The minister said the Federal Government will not apologise to anyone that is unhappy about Twitter’s suspension in the nation.
He stated that the country must exist in peace before people could exercise freedom of speech and fight for a source of livelihood.
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